Enforcing the Silence discussion
Tony Nguyen's "Enforcing the Silence" documentary tells the story of the 1981 assassination of Lam Duong, founder of the Vietnamese Youth Development Center in San Francisco's Tenderloin. Within days of Lamâs murder, news spread that a shadowy, anti-communist group had claimed responsibility, sending a chilling message to Vietnamese refugees everywhere: stay in line with your political views or risk death. Between 1982 and 1990, five more Vietnamese Americans â four of them journalists â were violently killed, many believe for political reasons. The discussion recorded followed the screening of the film on January 18, 2012 at CounterPULSE as part of Shaping San Francisco's Talks series.